Category Archives: E-Specials

Piedmontese Pleasures!

Piedmont Pleasures Individually or at the special mixed case listed after the descriptions, these are world class red wines that have all found their way into my basement. Absolutely stellar winemaking involved here from one of the places in the world I am most passionate about! 2004 BREZZA Barolo “Sarmassa” $53.95 bottle/ $291.00- 1/2 case/…

Spanish Steal: 2012 BODEGAS ATALAYA “Laya”

2012 Bodegas Atalaya Laya Garnacha-Monstrell
$9.50 bottle/ $92.00 case

This rather remarkable Spanish value hardly needs an introduction since this is the fourth year in a row we’ve featured it in our E-Special offering. Always over-delivering, always immensely satisfying, it is easily one of the best wine values in the world. Made by the highly respected Gil family, this 70% garnacha-30% monastrell blend is…

A Piedmont Pack of Barolo & Barbaresco!

### PIEDMONT CELLAR PACK ### I know the holiday season isn’t quite upon us, but if you already know you’ve been good and deserving of a special treat (or know someone equally worthy of gifting) that will keep on giving for the next 10-15 years, then perhaps ponder a case (or half case) of the…

Good Things Come In Threes!!

They say that things grouped in threes are naturally pleasing to the eye. This may be true, but I know they are definitely satisfying to the palate! So this week three quick hits, and all things I am extremely high on right now at VINO, and they just so happen to all be perfect for…

Notre Dame de Laval: French bargain hunting!

2011 NOTRE DAME DE LAVAL Cotes du Roussillon
$8.95 bottle/ $85.00 case

This certainly comes under the “old friends” banner if I think of all there wondrous bargains I’ve had from southwest France over the years. It is always somewhat staggering how much wine you get for so little money with these reds. Made from old vine carignan (45%), grenache (30%), and syrah (25%) vineyards that dot…

Lady Hill Winery “Procedo” & “Ad Lucem”: Legends in the making?

The Next Chapter How do you move on from a legend? If you’re Jerry Owen, half of the dynamic duo with David O’Reilly that brought you the stunners from Owen Roe Winery, you part ways with your long time collaborator and start creating your own delicious stories. Hence Jerry and his wife Elaine’s newest passion,…

California Dreamin’: The bold & the beautiful!

California Dreamin’ I think it was the trip to Napa and Sonoma a few weeks ago that rekindled my passion for American red wine. And when I talk American, I mean big, rich, jammy wine that tame the smoke and heat off the ‘que and complement the intense flavors on your plates. Plus, when things…

Saint-André Corbin’s Cellar Worthy Bordeaux Bargain!

2010 CHATEAU SAINT ANDRE CORBIN St-Georges-St-Emilion $22.95 btl/ $225.00 case Once again the myth that you have to spend a large percentage of your discretionary income to get a Bordeaux of consequence, something that will reward 10+ years in the cellar, is proven false. Case in point is the latest release of a regular presence…